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New York Disability Benefits Law (DBL) and Paid Family Leave (NY PFL)

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New York Disability Benefits Law and Paid Family Leave

  • New York’s Disability Benefits Law (DBL) provides benefit payments to insured NY workers who suffer an illness, injury, or other disability that prevents them from working, and that wasn’t caused by their job.

  • New York’s Paid Family Leave (NY PFL) provides job-protected paid time away from work that employees may take for caring for a seriously ill family member, bonding with a newborn, adopted, or foster child, or military exigency (as defined by Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)).

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Information presented below is effective 1/1/2022

Effective Date

  • Effective 1949: DBL
  • Effective January 1, 2018: New York Disability Benefit law (DBL) was amended to include Paid Family Leave (NY PFL) for New York workers

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Plan Features

New York Paid Family and Medical Leave plan features
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Covered Employer Most private employers with one or more employees are required to obtain Disability Benefits and Paid Family Leave
Eligibility DBL
  • Full-time: 4 consecutive weeks of covered New York employment; or
  • Part-time: 25 days of covered New York employment
PFL
  • Full-time: 26 consecutive weeks of covered New York employment; or
  • Part-time: 175 days of covered New York employment (based on actual days worked)
Covered Family Members
  • Spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, parent-in-law, stepparent, grandparent, or grandchild
Leave Types
  • Employee’s own serious health condition
  • New child bonding
  • Care of family member
  • Military exigency
Waiting Period
  • DBL: 7 days
  • PFL: No waiting period
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Plan Year 2019 2020 2021 2022
Weekly Benefit % of Average Weekly Wage (AWW)
  • DBL: 50% of AWW
  • PFL: 55% of AWW
  • DBL: 50% of AWW
  • PFL: 60% of AWW
  • DBL: 50% of AWW
  • PFL: 67% of AWW
  • DBL: 50% of AWW
  • PFL: 67% of AWW
DBL Maximum Benefit
$170
$170
$170
$170
PFL Maximum Benefit % of State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW)

55% of SAWW
($1,357.11)

$746.41

60% of SAWW
($1,401.17)

$840.70

67% of SAWW
($1,450.17)

$971.61

67% of SAWW
($1,594.57)

$1,068.36

Maximum Duration
  • DBL: 26 weeks
  • PFL: 10 weeks
  • DBL: 26 weeks
  • PFL: 10 weeks
  • DBL: 26 weeks
  • PFL: 12 weeks
  • DBL: 26 weeks
  • PFL: 12 weeks
disclosure
  • The duration of benefits may not exceed 26 weeks in a consecutive 52-week period when combined with DBL
  • Employees may not receive DBL and PFL concurrently
New York Paid Family and Medical Leave plan features continued

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Program Funding
  • DBL ½ of 1% of weekly wages, not to exceed $0.60 per week
  • Effective 1/1/2020: PFL is 0.270% of employee's gross wages not to exceed $196.72
  • Effective 1/1/2021: PFL is 0.511% of employee’s gross wages not to exceed $385.34
  • Effective 1/1/2022: PFL is 0.511% of employee's gross wages not to exceed $423.71
Private Plan Options Insured and Self-Insured. The private plan must be equal to or better than the state mandated plan.
Prudential Plans Available Insured and advice to pay DBL/PFL plans
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Need More Information?

Visit New York State’s PFL website opens in a new window for more details and to read the regulations.

Please contact your Prudential representative with questions.

The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential), Newark, NJ

For compliance use only: GL.2019.226

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